Basics Of Kanjira | How To Play Kanjira Instrument | South Indian Percussion Instruments

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Nerkunam
Last Name
Dr S Sankar
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Course Summary

This course is an introductory course for students wishing to learn the Kanjira, a South Indian percussion instrument from the family of frame drum. It is a small round instrument which is usually 6.5 to 7 inches in diameter, made of lizard skin, stretched over the round shell with jingles attached to the outside of the shell. Kanjira, which can be used for a solo performance, is mostly used for accompanying other instruments and artists, performing the carnatic style of music. This course will teach students playing the Kanjira based on the foundation of the carnatic style of music.

Course Duration
28 Weeks
Number of Students per section
3
Course Level
Beginner
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$24.00
per week per student
1 week =
1
sessions
1 session(s) =
45
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

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Instructor
First Name
Nerkunam
Last Name
Dr S Sankar
Number of years of relevant experience
16 Years
Teacher skill Keywords
Kanjira
Precursion

Description

This long-term course for beginners, teaching the Kanjira, otherwise referred to as the South Indian tambourine will run for a period of 27 weeks. This course will initiate by introducing students to the Kanjira as a percussion instrument,  a brief history of its origin and playing techniques, relating to the hand positioning, finger tapping etc. Further, on the course will teach students the basic structure of talas in Carnatic music. Talas is time-based, rhythmic patterns within a composition. Introduction to the tala structure and 4-week basic lesson for fingering practice. Students undergoing this course will learn about the elements or angas that constitute a tala namely, laghu and avartan, anudrutam, drutam. Further on in the course students will practise 4 beat phrases, 8 beat phrases and 16 beat phrases, e.g of  4 beat tha kita dhum kita. The 4 beat to 16 beats will be covered within a span of 4 to 20 lessons.

 

After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the next course by Nerkunam Dr S. Sankar: Basics of Kanjira | Level I

About Nerkunam Dr S. Sankar: Hailing from Nerkunam village in Tamil Nadu, Dr.S. Sankar was poised for worldwide acclaim, as a Kanjira artist. He started training in percussion in Carnatic music at the age of 12 under the guidance of Sri. P. T. Subramaniam followed by Sri Srivanchiyam Gopalan. His skills and talent got more lustrous after he took training under renowned Kanjira artist G. Harishankar following the gurukula vasam tradition or residing at the teacher’s residence for the duration of his intensive training. Dr. Sankar, an A graded artist by All India Radio has won many accolades, special among them, winner of the all India competition conducted by All India Radio in 1999, the prestigious Yuva Kala Bharathi from Bharat Kalachar in 2011. Nerkunam Dr. S. Sankar currently resides in Chennai imparting training to students interested in learning the Kanjira. He also oversees the organising of an event devoted to his guru, G. Harishanker, for which he is the convener and secretary.

Value Additions

This course will introduce you to the south indian percussion instrument or tambourine called the Kanjira. Enrolling for this course will help you understand the basics of Carnatic music, especially talas and its application when playing the Kanjira. You will also get an understanding about holding the Kanjira and the use of fingers when playing. By the culmination of this course, you will be able to play 4 beats, 8 beats, 16 beats phrases on the kanjira and will be in shape to pursue the intermediate level in Kanjira.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this long-term course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 3 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since long term courses are detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.

Course Specific Benefits

Students undergoing this course will get a firm understanding about the most important talas in Carnatic music. They will learn to play 4 beat, 8 beat and 16 beat variations which will help the students to elevate themselves to the next level of learning.

Prerequites

Instrest In Indian carnatic Music

Intrest in Indian percussion 

Instrest to Learn Kanjira.

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Mon 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM America/New_York
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Sun 09:00 PM - 09:45 PM America/New_York
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Wed 09:30 PM - 10:15 PM America/New_York
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FAQs

Question
Do students first get trained on vocals in carnatic music or they will be practicing on the Kanjira from the first day?
Answer
Students will be straight practising on the kanjira after a demonstration from the teacher. There will be no training in vocals.
Question
Do students learn some ragas in this course?
Answer
No. students will not be taught ragas they will only be taught talas through this course.
Question
How much time does a student need to practice everyday?
Answer
Students enrolling for this beginners course need to practice a minimum of one hour to 3 hours.
Question
What extra course material will the student receive apart from the live sessions?
Answer
Students will receive PDF file to assist their learning. They will also get video clips when required.
Question
Who is this course best suited for? Any restriction on age or gender?
Answer
Students above the age of six can enroll for this course. There is no upper limit for enrolling. Women too can enroll if interested.
Question
Do you have any expectations from the student?
Answer
Yes, the student is required to play and demonstrate all that he learn in the last class.
Question
What if the student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
Answer
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
Question
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
Answer
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
Question
Would you be assessing the student? Do they get certificates after completing the course?
Answer
The assessment as mentioned will be at the commencement of every class when the student will need to demonstrate playing the kanjira all that he learnt in the previous session. No, students will not be provided certificates for this course.
Question
Can this course be customized?
Answer
No, this a standard course and cannot be customised.
Question
How long will it take for you to revert to a query from a student?
Answer
Any query for the teacher will be resolved within a few hours.

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